Hardware News and Review RoundUP november 8 2012
Apple began removing DVD burners from portable computers, where weight and thinness are paramount — at least to Apple — years ago. But the new iMacs are the first ones without optical drives. I asked Schiller if that was a more difficult decision.
“While the server ecosystem for ARM is still in early days, and ARM’s success in server compute is far from certain, ARM’s proven success in low power/mobile platforms could potentially translate into some compelling performance/watt cost reductions for server compute beyond what is currently available from x86 – likely the motivation behind previously announced HP/Dell development efforts based on ARM-based CPUs from Calxeda,” wrote John Pitzer, an analyst from Credit Suisse.
“Messenger doesn’t seem like an appropriate communications platform for TVs or the firm’s Xbox console – but Skype does.” He also noted that the firm had opted to integrate Skype into its new Windows Phone 8 smartphone software, eclipsing the effort to integrate WLM into the message threads of the operating system’ previous version.
Nvidia Corp. has been criticized for poor support of Linux operating system and low performance under the OS. To fix the situation, Nvidia this week introduced new R310 driver, which doubles performance in certain video games and dramatically reduces game loading times for those gaming on the Linux operating system.
CPU Coolers and Case Fans: — Swiftech G Lok-Seal Compression Fittings — Alpenfohn Wasser CPU Cooler — Phanteks PH-TC90LS CPU Cooler — Cooler Master Hyper 412 PWM and Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 Coolers — Cooler Master Eisberg 120L Prestige
Input Devices: — SteelSeries Diablo 3 Peripherals
Networking: — NETGEAR N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Modem Router
Laptops: — Dell Inspiron 14z
Processors: — AMD FX-8350, FX-8320, FX-6300, FX-4300
Audio and Headsets: — Razer BlackShark Battlefield 3 Edition Headset